Pre-Conference Workshops: Monday, 28th February 2018

Workshop A

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM The Feasibility of the Development of Cruise Ship Infrastructure, Insights from the City of Gold Coast

Luke Adair, Major Project Co-Ordinator, Gold Coast Council Dylan Porter, Technicial Director of Planning, AECOM
Port infrastructure for cruise liners requires significant investment by authorities. With the following workshop analysing whether the investment into cruise ship infrastructure is worth the significant investment costs involved. In this session, Luke Adair works through the feasibility study that Gold Coast council has undertaken to determine if there was an economic benefit for the investment to go ahead.

This workshop will cover:

  • Economical analysis of developing cruise ship infrastructure including construction, maintenance dredging, crew spend, facility operations and pilotage service and passenger spend
  • Types of methodology and modelling assessments utilised
  • Key limitations and assumptions of the economic analysis
  • Actions to support the economic feasibility - communication with stakeholders - cruise liner industry and tourist operators

Workshop Facilitator:


Luke Adair

Major Project Co-Ordinator
Gold Coast Council

Dylan Porter

Technicial Director of Planning

Workshop B

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Increasing Trade in the Local Economy by Promoting your Port as a Tourist Destination

Increase Trade for Local Business by 90% through Marketing Products and Materials to Promote your Destination. The following workshop examines how to promote your area to cruise tourist operators with the focus on developing your product offering thus promoting your destination to cruise ship passengers. This is seen to have a significant economic impact on local businesses with trade up by 90% on a cruise ship visitor day. Natalie Godward the director for Cruise Eden discusses how to leverage the unique opportunities that your location provides in order to distinguish and promote your destination.

Key learning outcomes include:

  • Developing product material for your destination – creating a unique selling point to encourage tourism to your community
  • Creating the customer experience – Aligning expectations from the brochure and marketing material to match experiences on site.
  • How to Align different stakeholders towards a common goal – discussion with cruise operators, local businesses and council to promote your area

Workshop C

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Managing Port Infrastructure Upgrade Projects Successfully for Stakeholder Approval

In the following workshop, Andrew Dooley demonstrates how to project manage your cruise infrastructure development during each stage of the project. Andrew is the Senior Project Manager of the Eden Breakwater Wharf Extension Project that shall increase capacity at the wharf to allow cruise ships up to 325 metres in length to berth at the wharf once completed. This means dredging and disposal of approximately 230,000m3 of sand and rock from the existing berth pocket, extending the existing wharf by approximately 110 metres and installing key infrastructure including the installation of berthing dolphins, landside bollards of landside bollards and minor services upgrades (lighting, power and potable water).

The workshop will cover:

  • Technical data collection, engineering challenges and solutions
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Statutory planning approvals
  • Project delivery model and benefit realisation